Emotion dysregulation in schizophrenia: Reduced amplification of emotional expression is associated with emotional blunting

Henry, Julie D., Green, Melissa J., de Lucia, Amber, Restuccia, Corinne, McDonald, Skye and O'Donnell, Maryanne (2007) Emotion dysregulation in schizophrenia: Reduced amplification of emotional expression is associated with emotional blunting. Schizophrenia Research, 95 1-3: 197-204. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2007.06.002


Author Henry, Julie D.
Green, Melissa J.
de Lucia, Amber
Restuccia, Corinne
McDonald, Skye
O'Donnell, Maryanne
Title Emotion dysregulation in schizophrenia: Reduced amplification of emotional expression is associated with emotional blunting
Journal name Schizophrenia Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0920-9964
Publication date 2007-09
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.schres.2007.06.002
Volume 95
Issue 1-3
Start page 197
End page 204
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Science BV
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A prominent emotional disturbance in schizophrenia is clinically evident in blunted affect, often observed as reduced emotional expressivity alongside the individual's report of normal or heightened emotional experience. It has been suggested that this
disjunction between the experience and expression of emotion may reflect problems with the regulation of emotional expression. The present study thus set out to examine the capacity to engage in particular emotion regulatory strategies, and specifically, the ability to amplify the emotional expression of an experienced emotion (‘amplification’) or suppress the emotional expression of an experienced emotion (‘suppression’) whilst watching film clips selected to elicit amusement. Twenty nine participants with schizophrenia and 30 demographically matched non-clinical controls were asked to watch three different amusing film clips, whilst engaging in different regulatory strategies. The results indicate that participants with schizophrenia have difficulties with the amplification (but not suppression) of emotion expressive behavior. These difficulties are significantly correlated with total negative symptoms experienced, particularly emotional blunting.
Keyword Schizophrenia
Emotion regulation emotional blunting
Emotional expression
Amplification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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